Opportunities to visit us
Prospective parents and students are welcome to make an appointment to visit on any normal school day. We are also holding open days on the following dates:
Thursday 20 September 2018: Boarding and Day School
Thursday 8 November 2018: Boarding & Sixth Form
Saturday 2 February 2019: Boarding
Open Day – Thursday 20 September 2018
Boarding Department 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Day School 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Our next Open Day is on Thursday 20 September 2018. The Boarding Department will be open for visitors from 2.30pm and the Day School will be open from 4.30pm. The Headteacher will speak at 5.30pm and again at 7.00pm in the Main Hall and each department will be showcasing a range of activities illustrating, not only what we teach, but how learning is delivered here at Burford.
There will be opportunities for parents to meet the staff, discuss school transport arrangements, learn more about the admissions procedure and enjoy refreshments from our excellent canteen.
All prospective parents and students are invited. The majority of our visitors have children currently in Year 6 but each year we also see parents of Year 5 or even Year 4 children who are looking ahead and allowing themselves time to consider the next step for their child.
In addition we see parents with students who are looking to move into years higher up the school, particularly into years 9 and 10 for GCSEs, and this is a point at which we frequently create an additional class to accommodate requirements.
The opening of the Boarding Department alongside the Day School has now become a regular part of our September and Sixth Form Open Evenings. It is an opportunity for visitors, who may be thinking of full, weekly or flexi-boarding to see around the Boarding House and meet the boarding staff. It is also a chance for the parents of Day School students to find out more about our extended day care – Burford Plus. Current boarding students are always keen to provide tours of the House and to answer questions.
Sixth Form Open Evening
Thursday 8 November 2017
7.00pm – 9.00pm
preceded by Boarding Open Evening 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Each autumn we hold a Sixth Form Open Evening, when students and parents have a chance to hear all about the Sixth Form from the Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form. Life in the Sixth Form from a students’ perspective is also provided by the current Head Boy and Girl. Staff and student representatives from all the A level and BTEC courses we offer are on-hand during the evening to discuss course content and offer information and advice.
Following the Open Evening students attend a Sixth Form Taster Day and apply for a place in January. Please see Applying for a Sixth Form Place for further details.
Boarding Open Morning
Saturday 2 February 2019
10.30am – 12.30pm
Generally parents start to explore boarding options several years in advance of their child needing a place. As demand exceeds availability, we would encourage parents to visit us well in advance of a required starting date in order to ensure consideration for a place.
If you would like to visit us on 2 February to discuss boarding at Burford, please contact the Boarding Department on 01993 823283.
Visits on a normal working day
Parents and students are also welcome to visit on any working day by prior arrangement. We believe that seeing the school in action is an excellent way to get a feel for the ethos, attitude and atmosphere here at Burford. You will be taken around the school by a member of staff or one of the senior Sixth Form giving you plenty of time to ask any questions.
Visiting the School and the Boarding Department
If you are considering a boarding place and would like to visit on a day other than our Open Days then the procedure is to visit the Day School before going on to Boarding, which is sited in the middle of Burford. Your visits can both take place on the same day. Please see the instructions on making an appointment under Boarding or make a request to visit using the contact form.